$36 million for care programs

QUEENSLAND will get an extra $36 million to support older people living independently in their own homes under the Commonwealth-State Home and Community Care (HACC) program.

As part of this funding Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann said additional $553,110 will be provided for services to assist older residents in our local community.

Shayne Neumann said the extra HACC funding would deliver improved services to older people and their carers.

“People want to remain independent, and in their own homes and communities for as long as they can,” Mr Neumann said.

“Home and Community Care services provide that bit of help that allows that to happen, rather than having to move prematurely into residential care.”

Local Organisation who will receive additional funding:

♦Blue Care, Ipswich ($228,394)

♦Blue Care, Lockyer ($131,042)

♦Blue Care, Fassifern ($7500)

♦Co-ordinating Organisation for the Disabled in Ipswich ($68,602)

♦Ipswich City Council Home Maintenance Program ($11,760)

♦Ipswich Community Aid Incorporated ($100,772)

♦ALARA Associated Inc, Luke's Place, Ipswich ($5040)

“I've seen the benefits Home and Community Care delivers to Queenslanders,” Mr Neumann said.

“It makes a real difference to the lives of people in our community who need help with everyday living, and it benefits their carers too.”

The Rudd Government contributed $23.8 million and the Queensland Government $13 million under the $36.8 million funding package.

Home and Community Care (HACC) is a joint Australian and state and territory government program that delivers affordable and accessible care to help meet the individual needs of older people, and their carers.

Services include help with household chores, home maintenance and modification, transport, meals, personal care and allied health and nursing care.

The Home and Community Care Program is an example of the Commonwealth and State Governments working to deliver for Queenslanders.


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